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Meet Boston Blackie (1941)

When a murder occurs on an ocean liner docked in New York, the trail leads to Coney Island and a spy ring.

Director:

Robert Florey

Writers:

Jay Dratler (story), Jay Dratler (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Blackie is accused of murdering a man at an art auction, which leads to the uncovering of an art racket.

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Blackie tracks down a wrongly convicted prisoner who escapes during a Christmas magic show.

Director: Lew Landers
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Boston Blackie and his pal, The Runt, are ready to board a train for Florida when Blackie gets a telegram from his friend Arthur Manleder asking Blackie to go to Manleder's New York ... See full summary »

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Stars: Chester Morris, William Wright, Constance Worth
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Blackie is arrested when retrieving stolen gems from a safety deposit box for a friend.

Director: Lew Landers
Stars: Chester Morris, Ann Savage, George E. Stone
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Blackie is implicated in a murder when he accidently sells a phony Charles Dickens first edition at an auction.

Director: Arthur Dreifuss
Stars: Chester Morris, Lynn Merrick, Richard Lane
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Blackie helps the police rescue hostage from an escaped maniac on a killing spree.

Director: Arthur Dreifuss
Stars: Chester Morris, Nina Foch, Steve Cochran
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Sleuth Blackie is framed for murder but manages to catch the culprit.

Director: Lew Landers
Stars: Chester Morris, Lynn Merrick, Richard Lane
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Blackie is seen leaving a Chinese laundry where the proprietor has been murdered, and must track down the real killer in Chinatown.

Director: Seymour Friedman
Stars: Chester Morris, Maylia, Richard Lane
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Blackie performs in a magic show at a women's prison, which gives an inmate an opportunity to escape.

Director: D. Ross Lederman
Stars: Chester Morris, Trudy Marshall, Constance Dowling
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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Shady stockbroker and abusive husband Gerald Parker is found dead in the penguin pool of a NYC aquarium after being knocked cold by his wife's boyfriend.

Director: George Archainbaud
Stars: Edna May Oliver, Robert Armstrong, James Gleason
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Sleuth Boston Blackie (Chester Morris) helps a wartime convict (Erik Rolf) who was framed for a murder while out on parole.

Director: William Castle
Stars: Chester Morris, Erik Rolf, Jeanne Bates
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Blackie tricks a blackmailer-murderer into a confession. Story involves sinister seances and ghostly apparitions.

Director: D. Ross Lederman
Stars: Chester Morris, Jeff Donnell, Richard Lane
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Chester Morris ... Boston Blackie
Rochelle Hudson ... Cecelia Bradley
Richard Lane ... Inspector Faraday
Charles Wagenheim Charles Wagenheim ... The Runt
Constance Worth ... Marilyn Howard
Jack O'Malley Jack O'Malley ... Monk
George Magrill ... Georgie
James Seay ... Mechanical Man (as Michael Rand)
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Storyline

When a murder occurs on an ocean liner docked in New York, the trail leads to Coney Island and a spy ring.

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Taglines:

1941'S HEADLINE MENACE! (original print media ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rastro en las tinieblas See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(copyright length) (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The character, "Boston Blackie," was first used in a story, "Boston Blackie's Mary," by Jack Boyle, in Red Book Magazine, published November 1917. See more »

Goofs

At 42.58 Farraday and a uniformed officer arrive at Blackie's apartment building, with Blackie right behind them. At 48.26 the officer is looking out a window to the street with Blackie driving off, but the police car is gone. See more »

Quotes

Cecelia Bradley: Are you alright ?
Horatio 'Boston Blackie' Black: Yes, I'm still unperforated.
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Connections

Followed by One Mysterious Night (1944) See more »

Soundtracks

Sobre las Olas (Over the Waves)
(1887) (uncredited)
Written by Juventino Rosas
Played as backround music at the amusement park
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"Enemy to those who make him an enemy, friend to those who have no friend."
29 March 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Returning to America from Europe via ocean liner, notorious jewel thief Boston Blackie (Chester Morris) gets mixed up with a murder, a spy ring, and someone called The Mechanical Man. The first of Columbia's Boston Blackie series of B detective movies. I say detective because, despite Blackie being a jewel thief, he spends every movie solving crimes and helping people out. Usually he's the one accused of the crime and in order to prove his innocence, he must figure out the real culprits. Richard Lane plays Inspector Faraday, the cop forever on Blackie's trail who likes him despite their being on opposite sides of the law. Charles Wagenheim plays Blackie's sidekick Runt. George E. Stone would play the role later and was much better-suited for the part than Wagenheim. Rochelle Hudson and Constance Worth provide the pretty in this first film. The Blackie series always had lovely actresses. Fun start to a great series.


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